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Top 95 Rock Songs Of 1995

As we close 2015, it was quite depressing putting together the ‘Top 10 Rock Songs Of 2015’ list. There just wasn’t a lot this year to get too excited about. But when it comes to 1995, it was easy to put together a Top 95 Rock Songs of 1995 list. Check out some of the greatest rock songs of 1995, in mostly random order (barring some of the top choices). Thanks to Alternative Nation reporter Greg Prato for contributing songs to this list.

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95. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Tearjerker”

94. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Jellybelly”

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93. Alice In Chains – “Over Now”

92. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Fuck You (An Ode To No One)

91. Mad Season – “Lifeless Dead”

90. Foo Fighters – “Floaty”

89. Filter – “Dose”

88. Sleater-Kinney – “Sold Out”

87. No Doubt – “Spiderwebs”

86. The Rentals – “Friends of P”

85. Silverchair – “Israel’s Son”

84. Radiohead – “My Iron Lung”

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83. Radiohead – “High and Dry”

82. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Porcelina of the Vast Oceans”

81. Alice In Chains – “Sludge Factory”

80. Mad Season – “I’m Above”

79. The Verve – “History”

78. Supersuckers – “Bad, Bad, Bad”

77. No Doubt – “Sunday Morning”

76. 311 – “Don’t Stay Home”

75. Primus – “Southbound Pachyderm”

74. Kyuss – “One Inch Man”

73. Morrissey – “The Boy Racer”

72. Mad Season – “Long Gone Day”

71. The Verve – “This Is Music”

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70. Truly – “Blue Flame Ford”

69. Soul Asylum – “Misery”

68. Everclear – “Santa Monica”

67. The Magnificent Bastards – “Mockingbird Girl”

66. Wilco – “Box Full of Letters”

65. Mudhoney – “1995”

64. Collective Soul – “The World I Know”

63. Collective Soul – “Smashing Young Man”

62. Sonic Youth – “The Diamond Sea”

61. Slash’s Snakepit – “Beggars & Hangers-On”

60. Local H – “Cynic”

59. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Warped”

58. Ben Folds Five – “Underground”

57. Ben Folds Five – “Jackson Cannery”

56. Ben Folds Five – “Where’s Summer B?”

55. Morphine – “Honey White”

54. Morphine – “Super Sex”

53. Faith No More – “Digging the Grave”

52. Mr. Bungle – “Chemical Marriage”

51. Faith No More – “Ricochet”

50. Mr. Bungle – “Carry Stress in the Jaw”

49. Faith No More – “Evidence”

48. Mr. Bungle – “Desert Search for Techno Allah”

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47. David Bowie – “The Heart’s Filthy Lesson”

46. Meat Puppets – “Scum”

45. Morrissey – “Dagenham Dave”

44. Kyuss – “Hurricane”

43. Faith No More – “Cuckoo for Caca”

42. Meat Puppets – “Taste of the Sun”

41. Meat Puppets – “For Free”

40. Primus – “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver”

39. 311 – “Down”

38. Primus – “Professor Nutbutter’s House of Treats”

37. Collective Soul – “December”

36. PJ Harvey – “Down by the Water”

35. Spacehog – “In the Meantime”

34. Garbage – “Only Happy When It Rains”

33. No Doubt – “Don’t Speak”

32. Radiohead – “Fake Plastic Trees”

31. Bender – “Headless Soldier”

30. Blind Melon – “2 X 4”

29. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Thirty-Three”

28. No Doubt – “Just a Girl”

27. Foo Fighters – “Exhausted”

26. Neil Young & Pearl Jam – “Peace & Love”

25. Mad Season – “I Don’t Know Anything”

24. Blind Melon – “Galaxie”

23. Radiohead – “Just”

22. Oasis – “Don’t Look Back In Anger”

21. Green Day – “Brain Stew”

20. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Zero”

19. Foo Fighters – “This Is A Call”

18. Silverchair – “Tomorrow”

17. Bender – “Rope”

16. Blind Melon – “Toes Across The Floor”

15. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Muzzle”

14. Mad Season – “Wake Up”

13. Oasis – “Wonderwall”

12. Alice In Chains – “Grind”

11. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Aeroplane”

10. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”

9. Filter – “Hey Man, Nice Shot”

8. Alice In Chains – “Again”

7. Foo Fighters – “I’ll Stick Around”

6. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “My Friends”

5. Oasis – “Champagne Supernova”

4. The Smashing Pumpkins – “1979”

3. Alice In Chains – “Heaven Beside You”

2. Mad Season – “River of Deceit”

1. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Tonight, Tonight”

Green Day’s Surprise Christmas Single Sounds Nothing Like Green Day

It’s safe to say I’m the biggest Green Day fan among the Alternative Nation reporters. Green Day has been at the top of my list for over 20 years. I have defended them numerous times against people saying they are not punk, they have no punk influences and so on.  This is why it pains me to have to say what I’m about to say about the single Green Day released as a surprise on Christmas Eve. My excitement when I saw the announcement immediately disappeared when I listened.

Had I not recognised Billie Joe Armstrong’s vocals I wouldn’t have guessed this was Green Day. That’s saying a lot considering how much I listen to them. What I hear is his voice, filtered almost beyond recognition and almost drowned by background noise. It’s hard to distinguish the instruments, apart from a jingle bell sounding hi hat. I hear almost none of the characteristic drums, and not even a hint of bass. This isn’t punk. It isn’t even pop punk. It’s plain and simple uninteresting overproduced pop. And I won’t even mention the Christmas cliché lyrics.

I’m spending a lot of time and energy on reviewing just one little Christmas single, but that’s also because it’s the first new material from Green Day in a long time, and I expected more. I’ve heard rumours that they have a new album coming out next year and if this is how it’s going to sound from now on… God help me. I hope and pray though that I can come back and give you a review of an album that actually sounds like Green Day, preferably pre-American Idiot.

Nonetheless: Merry Christmas everyone!

Review: Green Day Documentary ‘Heart Like a Hand Grenade’ Is Nonsense

A couple of months ago came the news that a ”lost” Green Day documentary had been found and would finally be released, 11 years later. The film, ”Heart Like a Hand Grenade”, was made by director John Roecker who spent nine months in the studio filming Green Day during the recording of their award-winning and highly praised punk rock opera concept album American Idiot in 2004.

A while back we reported that the mythical film was never lost at all. Since the album is played in its entirety in the documentary, it was probably a question about who owns the rights to the music. Why it’s released now remains a mystery though.

”Heart Like a Hand Grenade” was first shown only in selected movie theatres throughout the US a few days in October this year. In my report I wrote ”As a Green Day fan overseas I very much hope it will be available here at some point. A film that shows the whole recording process of American Idiot and also contains a rare concert where they perform the album in its entirety is just too good to miss.” Now it’s available worldwide on Vimeo so I’ve seen it and… almost wish I hadn’t.

What I expected was to get more insight into the creative process that led up to American Idiot. Since it is a complex album that tells a story as well as being a political statement, I was excited to hear Green Day’s thoughts behind that. I wanted to hear the background story, follow their discussions and decisions about songs and lyrics, see the recording sessions, hear them talk about what they wanted to do and how American Idiot came to be what it is.

That is NOT what this movie is about. If you have the same expectations as I had: don’t bother. Don’t waste your money on ”Heart Like a Hand Grenade”. Director’s statement on Green Day’s official web page says ”This movie is like a ‘fly on the wall’ art house piece.” I’d rather say it is very much staged and intended for an audience, since they often address the camera when they talk.

And what is it they talk about? It’s mostly nonsense. I get the feeling that if you want to feel like you are friends with the Green Day members and spent time in the studio with them, then this is for you. If you want to hear them talk about random stuff, laugh, goof around, make juvenile jokes, look stoned, make fun of journalists, hear Billie Joe Armstrong teach kids how to drink, see Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool bathe naked in a swimming pool, you might enjoy most of the film. If you already know as much as you want to about American Idiot, you will probably like it. For me, I feel like I have seen and heard things I would have been better off without.

There are some interesting moments, like when Armstrong recounts how they felt they needed to do something different. They weren’t sure what to call it until they decided on punk rock opera, and they were a bit scared about how people would react to something that might not sound like Green Day. They briefly tell that American Idiot is divided into three sections, that there’s this Jesus of Suburbia character who hates everyone, leaves everything behind and goes to the city like a rebel. It’s also mentioned that the album is political, but without an agenda, it’s about thinking for yourself. That’s all that’s said about the content.

There is a scene where they brainstorm about the logo – the hand grenade shaped like a heart – which is a symbol for American Idiot and also what the name of the documentary refers to. But it’s not revealed how they finally came up with it or what it stands for, so basically that adds nothing.

The rest is snippets of recording, a little singing, guitar, bass and drum playing here and there, a few words about the order of some songs, but mainly clips with all the irrelevant content mentioned earlier. No explanations, no background story, no chronology, no context. Just a bunch of close friends with their own internal language having fun in a studio.

The only thing I actually enjoy is that the whole album, as advertised, is played. It comes as live numbers, clips from a concert, but in the wrong order, and tucked in here and there between the nonsense, sometimes introduced and sometimes not. I love to see and hear Green Day play live, so of course I like those parts, but I can see them elsewhere. It’s far from enough to save ”Heart Like a Hand Grenade” from being an utter disappointment.

Was ‘Lost’ Green Day Documentary Ever Really Lost?

Earlier this week Green Day released the news that ”Heart Like a Hand Grenade”, a documentary that is said to have been ‘lost’ for 11 years, will finally be screened in a few selected movie theaters in October this year. The film was made by John Roecker who spent nine months in the studio filming Green Day during the recording of their award winning and highly praised punk rock opera concept album American Idiot. That was in 2004.

The story was picked up by Rolling Stone and a few other sites who used phrases such as ‘lost’ and ‘mythic status’. The director himself in a statement on Green Day’s official webpage calls it an ‘urban legend’ and claims that some fans thought ‘it was some sort of prank’. This caught my interest, so rather than just report the news I decided to dig a little deeper into the mystery.

Green Day Authority proved to be a good source. They first mention ”Heart Like a Hand Grenade” in 2006, with a comment from director Roecker who told them the movie was almost ready and would be released early in 2007. The reason for the delay was ”timing issues for it’s release”.

Obviously that release never took place, because next post is from 2008. Again, GDA has spoken to Roecker, who this time says ”the entire documentary is now complete”.

Almost a year later, the film is actually shown, but only once. In a movie theater in Hollywood a lucky 500 people get to view “Heart Like a Hand Grenade” in March 2009. The people from Green Day Authority were there and give it an overwhelming review. It is also in that review the answer to the mystery comes. ”Our only complaint is that we understand we may never have the pleasure of viewing this movie again, as Warner has no plans to authorize its release.”, the reviewers write.

So no, “Heart Like a Hand Grenade” wasn’t ever lost. It was a question of rights. Since the documentary contains the whole American Idiot album it makes sense for the record company to stop it.

Now the next question is: why now? I have no answer to this. Obviously the record label changed their mind for some reason. DIY says it’s a way to celebrate American Idiot‘s 10th anniversary later this year. That could have been a good reason, had it not been for the fact that American Idiot turned 10 in 2014.

I am left with my own guesses. It might be a question of money, some kind of agreement between Warner and John Roecker. Maybe the record company feels it’s time to put Green Day in the spotlight again. It’s been three years now since their last release, the ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré! trilogy, and the next album doesn’t seem to come anytime soon. Or it might be a celebration of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction earlier this year. But surely that would have been mentioned? The director’s statement ends with the line ”And finally the little film that could is being released.” But why? That question is not answered anywhere.

Another little mystery remains. Why does the movie poster say ”In theaters October 15th” when the first screening according to the schedule is actually on October 8th?

I have no information about any other showings or a possible DVD release. As a Green Day fan overseas I very much hope it will be available here at some point. A film that shows the whole recording process of American Idiot and also contains a rare concert where they perform the album in its entirety is just too good to miss. If it doesn’t get ‘lost’ again.

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